Peter and John’s boldness continues

April 24th, 2009

In Acts 4 we see that Peter and John’s healing of the lame man brought attention. News spread all over Jerusalem and it had even reached the ears of the Jewish High Council and the Sadducees.

The leaders of the day were deeply concerned that they were preaching Jesus and that He was the one who healed the lame man. They were also teaching about resurrection of the dead. This is something the Sadducees didn’t believe in.

As a result the Council called Peter and John before them and warned them not to speak of Jesus anymore (v18). Peter and John’s response was awesome. Not only did they say it was done by the power of Jesus, but they reminded the leaders that He was the one they crucuified.

The thing that jumps out at me is Peter and John’s boldness. Initially they were bold in healing the lame man in the name of Jesus (Acts 3:1-10), but they were also very bold in the way they answered the questions of the High Council. They simply stated what they had seen and heard and did not back down.

So what were the keys to their boldness? What can we learn from them that we can put into practice today? I think there a three main things.

1. Full of the Holy Spirit – Verse 8 says, “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them…” As Christians we need to be full of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to reign in our lives. Then we will receive power to the be the witnesses Acts 1:8 talks about.

2. Obeying God not man – Verse 19 tells us of their motivation for speaking out. Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God…” Their heart was to be faithful and obedient to God and they were willing to risk punishment for it.

3. The believers prayer – When Peter and John returned to the group they told of the experience before the Council. Together they prayed, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness” (v29). As a result the building shook and they were all filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and continued witness boldly.

As Christians if we want to be bold in our wtiness we need to be full of the Holy Spirit, seek to obey God and not man and pray with others for boldness to speak out.